Bloodhound SSC To Break Land Speed Record At 1000 Mph!

25/10/2008 - 03:40 | ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,   | Dave

The Bloodhound SSC is a purpose built rocket on wheels! It comes from the makers of the current land speed record holder(Thrust SSC) Richard Noble and  RAF pilot Andy Green. In 1997, the Thrust SSC hit a mammoth 763 Mph(1228 Kph) at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Since then, no attempts were ever made by anyone, to break that record. After eleven years of Top secret research, the Bloodhound SSC will blast through the sound barrier at an insane 1000 Mph (1610 Kph).

The new Bloodhound SSC will be powered by three engines: a hybrid rocket, Eurojet EJ200 jet engine(From Eurofighter Millitary plane) and 800bhp V12 engine, the latter of which will pull the vehicle around at low speeds and act as a starter motor - the world’s most powerful starter motor - for the jet engine. After hiting about 300 mph the propulsion is taken over by an experimental hybrid rocket and the driver will experience upto 9.8m/s of acceleration force until he reaches 1043 Mph (Almost like a free fall, but in the horizontal direction).

The car’s design is also completely different from that of the Thrust SSC, which Green and Noble used to set the current Land Speed Record. That car had two outboard jet engines, but in order to reach speeds of Mach 1.4 on the ground, the Bloodhound SSC will use a narrower fuselage that’s been aerodynamically optimized to safely travel at speeds approaching 1,000 mph. In fact, the Bloodhound has twice the aerodynamic efficiency of the Thrust SSC!!

This is an engineering exercise, so the Brit-based Bloodhound team will gear up to their ultimate goal by scheduling successive runs to reach 800 mph in 2009, 900 mph in 2010 and finally 1,000 mph in 2011.


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